Kerrin McEvoy booked for Bonneva
Top Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy has enjoyed previous success with Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman in major Australian races
McEvoy scored his 50th Group I win on the Baker and Forsmantrained Turn Me Loose in the 2015 Emirates Stakes and he will look to add another aboard Bonneval in the A$3 million Caulfield Cup.
Bonneval was dominant when stepping up to 1800m at Caulfield on Sunday, leaving McEvoy’s mount Hartnell and other top class opposition in her wake giving Baker his 21st Australian Group I win.
Australian Oaks-winning rider Hugh Bowman was back in the saddle for the weight-for-age Underwood Stakes (1800m) but he is unable to make Bonneval’s 52.5kg Cup weight.
‘‘Hugh was wishing he was a bit lighter,’’ Baker said. ‘‘But Kerrin is a top natural lightweight rider and he’s done well for us before.
‘‘Damian Lane will ride the mare in the Caulfield Stakes,which is run the same day as The Everest in Sydney.’’
‘‘She’s still got her winter coat so there’s more improvement in her and they’ve all come through their weekend runs very well.’’
Stephen Baster will continue his association with Jon Snow.
‘‘We could have run Jon Snow in the handicap on Caulfield Stakes day, but he’s already got 54.5kg in the Cup and we don’t want to risk a rehandicap,’’ Baker said.
The stable is undecided on plans for Lizzie L’Amour, who closed late for fifth in the Stock Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
In her previous start she had tailed off with an atrial fibrillation.
‘‘It could have been a perfect weekend if she’d had any luck,’’ Forsman said. ‘‘She’s 29th in order for the Caulfield Cup, but the way they drop out she might sneak into the field.
‘‘There are two options for her next run, either in the Caulfield Stakes where she would clash with Bonneval and Jon Snow, but the more likely option is the day after in the Cranbourne Cup.’’
On the home front the stable will have two runners in Saturday’s Group I Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings where Saint Emilion and Mime line up.
Matamata trainers Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott will press on to the Group I Caulfield Guineas (1600m) with Summer Passage.
His second in the Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on Sunday was enough to convince connections to go ahead with plans to run in the A$2 million 3-year-old feature on Saturday week. After setting the pace in the 1400m race he went down by a length to Perast.
Kerrin McEvoy rode Turn Me Loose for the Baker and Forsman stable to win his 50th Group I in the 2015 Emirates Stakes and will try for another when he rides Bonneval in the Caulfield Cup.